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- Part 1: Wall Street's Robber Barons Are Exploiting America's Farmers
- Part 2: Who Will Grow Our Food?
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Part 1: Wall Street's Robber Barons Are Exploiting America's Farmers
The rich get richer while farmers are turned into tenant laborers.
Jim Hightower, AlterNet
September 24, 2014 | We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm -- but e-i-e-i-o -- look who's got his farm now!
It's groups like American Farmland and Farmland Partners. These aren't dirt farmers wearing overalls and brogans, but Wall Street hucksters in Armani suits and Gucci loafers. The latest fast-buck fad for high-roller investment trusts, hedge funds and venture capital speculators is "farming." Not that these dude ranch dandies are actually plowing and planting. No, no -- these are soft-hands people, buying up farmlands with billions of rich investors' dollars, and then tilling the tax laws and threshing the farmers who do the real cultivation.
Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.
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Part 2: Who Will Grow Our Food?
A Forgotten Career Path — Old Farmers Outnumber Young Ones by a Ratio of Over 7:1
Dan Imhoff, Mother Earth News
May 15, 2012 | Excerpted from the book Food Fight. To learn more about the Farm Bill and purchase a copy of Food Fight please visit www.foodfight2012.org
“If we are not careful, we could lose the farm and the food system on our watch.” That drastic warning came from A.G. Kawamura in 2005, when he was secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Kawamura was not only alluding to how important forward-thinking policy is to the food system, but also to the fact that people who grow food for a living are becoming a dying breed. Already, agriculture is greatly diminished in terms of economic measures: it represents just 1.2 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product; services make up 77 percent and manufacturing 22 percent of GDP. It’s becoming a forgotten career path as well.
Dan Imhoff is a researcher, author, and independent publisher who has concentrated for over 20 years on issues related to farming, the environment, and design. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books.
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